COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The 6-foot-5 William Buford can drive the lane and dunk, shoot from the perimeter or contest a rebound among the trees inside - that's why he's the 2008 Associated Press Mr. Basketball award winner.
Toledo Libbey's shooting star averaged 22.9 points, 11.1 rebounds and 5.6 assists a game during the regular season while collecting his third consecutive Toledo City League player of the year award. He shot 62% from the field, 46% on 3-pointers and 77% at the line.
Libbey will be going for its first state title in its sixth appearance.
Buford, who was successfully recruited by Ohio State, isn't all about highlight-reel stuffs. He carries a 3.2 grade-point average and is ready to compete for playing time with the Buckeyes right away.
Buford narrowly won the award over future Ohio State teammate B.J. Mullens, a 7-1 center out of Canal Winchester.